Choice in itself is an attribute of freedom. Popular thought holds sway only when it is conventional. That is, generally accepted principles, such as applied to morals, ethics, and cultural principles.

All these notwithstanding, one still have to keep his feet down on vital issues he see can walk contrary to his beliefs or personal freedom. That a thought is popular does not make it right and approvable. Freedom of Speech remains the absolute right of every individual.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), in UN General Assembly resolution 217A, Article 19 states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference not to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

And in the opening chapter of the Preamble, the General Assembly states thus, “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace.”

It is therefore convincingly clear that people do not need ride on other people’s opinion to be heard. It is unfortunate that we belong to a society where the rich and the influentials force their views on the poor and the lowly; and in order to receive their sympathy and attention, the helpless majority worship their views and opinions.

Thought Domination is rather a Refined Slavery. It deprives people their fundamental human rights. In the real sense, there is no thought domination that is popular. It is, bluntly speaking, thought suppression.

For an opinion to be popular it must be, without offence, freely acceptable by all parties. But what we call ‘popular thought’ today is mere thought suppression on the under-privileged majority by the privileged few. The UDHR proclamation is thrown to the mud.

Some Cases of Violation of Speech Freedom

There are reports of breaches of Freedom of Speech the world over.

1. China: Several arrests and detentions of human rights defenders and activists by China’s government have been reported. Human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng was said to be detained since January 2018 and sentenced to 4 year’s imprisonment in June 2020. He was tortured. His wife said that he appeared to be malnutritious and in deteriorating health when allowed to visit him in prison.

Another human rights lawyer Chang Wiping was said to be detained in January 2020. He was rearrested by police officer, for giving details of his torture during detention, six months after and officially charged with “subversion of state power” on 16 April. At the end of the year, he was being incommunicado at Feng County Detention Centre.

2. Egypt: In 2018, the Egyptian government arrested at least 113 persons citing irrelevant reasons including tweeting, editing, movies, granting interviews and satire.

They were accused of “membership of terrorist groups” and “disseminating false news”, and detained for months without trial. Some who faced trial were sentenced by military courts.

3. Tanzania: In June 2019, Tanzania’s parliament urgently passed the Written Law Bill, which would entrenched censorship , among other violations. Journalists and media houses were required to “broadcast or publish news or issues of national importance as government may direct”.

4. Philippines: July 2019 witnessed a libel trial against Maria Tessa, the executive editor of online news outlet Rappler. Tessa, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested in February 2019 and charged with libel after Rappler had published detailed investigations into some of the thousands of extrajudicial executions committed by police and unknown armed persons. This is a clear evidence of an attack on press freedom.

What is the way forward in time like this?

There is need for a press freedom which cannot be maneuvered. Fortunately enough, a decentralized social-media network, known by name SOLCIAL, has come up with a solution.

How Does Solcial Facilitate Speech Freedom?

Solcial being a Web3-powered decentralized platform allows autonomy, secures users contents and information dissemination and remove barriers of any form of dictatorship, thus ensuring freedom of expression.

No central control to impose censorship since everyone has full control over their data the upload to the network. Community members have a say on how contents are screened. Only vast majority votes can remove or ban contents, a security for content creators.

Introduction of P2P technics into the system also protects contents and enhances monetization. Solcial removes the constraints of regulation on users inherent in Web2-supported social media, allowing for freedom and profitability.

Solcial is a Web3-powered social platform. It is noncensored, money making network that supports freedom of expression. Solcial fairly rewards its users and protects them from any form of governmental dictatorship.

To know more about SOLCIAL, join the community:

Website: https://solcial.io

Blog: http://blog.solcial.io/

Telegram: https://t.me/solcial

Discord: https://discord.gg/solcial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/solcial

Link tree: https://linktr.ee/solcial

Email: hello@solcial.io


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